RE: Activism vs. Futurism

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Sat Sep 07 2002 - 13:15:37 MDT

> I see a historical analogy with the race to develop heavier-than-air
> flying machines one hundred years ago. There were many different
> approaches - most in hindsight ridiculous. Yet among the teams of
> inventor-developers there was great faith and enthusiasm - and among the
> general public ignorance/disbelief.

The analogy is an oldie but a goodie.

> I expect that our numbers (activists and direct contributors) will remain
> few until an obvious Seed AGI is developed.

I agree, and this is why I don't bother to try to convince people with
differing intuitions that AGI is possible in the near-term, that some form
of Singularity is very likely, etc.

I do however think it's worthwhile for those of us who are deep into these
topics to seek people with *similar* intuitions but not much experience
thinking or reading about such things, and share with them our ideas,
insights and approaches.

It's for this reason that I think Kurzweil's books, the SIAI website, and
other Singularity and AGI oriented "publicity" efforts are highly

-- Ben

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